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La Fontaine Restaurant

4.3
319 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Spiced with the flavors of France and Italy, La Fontaine serves an array of pasta dishes, entrees (chicken, veal, or fish) and seafood specialties. Whether you're craving something creamy, tomato-based or succulent, there's a dish for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to check out our full bar and happy hour specials (M-F from 5-7pm).
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, French
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Hours of operation


Lunch: M-F 11:30am-2:00pm

Dinner: Su-M 5:00pm-9:00pm

Dinner: T-Th 5:00pm-9:30pm

Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 968-2300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Hasan Yildiz
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Catering
Please inquire about catering for your event our meeting. We can create menus according to your event and budget.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Villa Street
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Parking details
Parking: We recommend the 4-story parking structure behind the restaurant (enter on Cherry).
There are also other parking lots along Cherry or street parking.
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Public transit
CalTrain: The Mountain View stop is two blocks from the restaurant.
Public Transportation: The VTA bus stop is in front of the restaurant.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 319 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Food was fantastic.
Every dish that we ordered came out pretty well.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The service was excellent and the food was even better. There was good variety. The desserts were delicious.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Mother’s Day dinner. Food was ok, over priced. Husband ordered lamb shank with polenta. Polenta was very very bland no taste at all. I had Rib-eye steak with fries and mushrooms sauce. Steak could use more mushrooms sauce. Overall it was just ok, nothing to brag about.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This was our first visit. We were made very welcome. Our server was informative and cheerful. Also he was not daunted by our garlic allergy - a definite PLUS! We regret that we did not discover his name. The salads were really fresh and the pastas innovative and tasty.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Nice people. Why does this message have to be fifty characters long?

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The service was very good and the starters were great too. We ate of the menu of the day and the short rib risotto was great. The wine list was nice as well.

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

When you are handed a menu of the day, that has oil stains on it, its not good. When you mention to the waitress that you would get rid of such a thing, and they ask you why? You know you are in a place that doesnt really understand. Service was ok, but we had three different meals, and they were all mediocre. Beef Wellington, snapper, and one other. None were horrible; none were good enough for me to go back. Sorry, but this place just didnt impress me. Tiramisu was good.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was amazing. Tried ravioli, La caprese and tagliolini cabrese. Appropriate portion size at the right temperature. I love the staff. So friendly and very attentive.
Must try place. Would love to see more vegetarian options.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

One of my favorites. Beef Wellington is outstanding

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My shell fish tasted terrible.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

The beet salad was good, but the seafood pappardelle was very good, with a decent amount of seafood.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food is excellent!; especially the fish which is what I had. The Lava cake desert is a delight!!!

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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food: New level of "horrible". Salt was added at insane level to the soup and main dishes (pasta and chicken)
Service: OK

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

One of our favorite places! The staff is friendly and is knowledgeable and makes great recommendations .

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

La Fontaine was lovely. The burrata and lava cake were delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Great food and service!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Love the chicken sandwich here that comes with a house salad and thin-cut fries.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

One criticism is that the vegetables were almost cold. Barely warm.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Raviolli could use lesser salt but rest was great.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I'm a huge fan of their steak. The goat cheese appetizer is also delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

My friend and I have been coming here for the beef wellington dish for over a year now, it has become Our Place when life has been stressful and we need a break. The staff are always exceptionally kind and attentive.

The food...the FOOD! The beef wellington is always cooked to perfection and, more often than not, my friend and I finish every morsel on our plates. The pre-meal focaccia is delicious as well. We also have never ordered a dessert here that we did not love.

Just an amazing establishment overall!

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2.0Dined on February 21, 2018

I was surprised that this restaurant received a four star rating. To me, it was overrated. We started with a calamari appetizer, but it was hard and over fried. At $12, we thought it should be better. When we noted the poor preparation to the waiter, instead of offering an apology or remedy, he said "Really? Everybody usually likes it." To be fair, the entrées were good, but not worth the price (lunch for 2, no drinks, 1 appetizer, $75 with tip). Later, a friend told me this isn't really an Italian- or French-run restaurant, but one run by Turkish people. I have no problem with any nationality, but I prefer to support more "authentic" restaurants. I'm sticking with Aldo's in Los Altos for Italian and Left Bank in Menlo Park for French.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The service and ambiance was very nice. There was low key live music too. However, the food itself was overpriced. The meat was cooked correctly but the sauces were very disappointing. So too was the wine recommended and the bread/dip.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines special menu was very nice and the free gift a nice touch. Food was good although steak was warm not hot. Felt a bit rushed but understand why. Have been here on other occasions and it’s consistently good.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We celebrated Valentine's Day at La Fontaine. The special menu for the day had many excellent choices. The service was attentive and included a gift of a small wooden box of chocolate kisses. We greatly enjoyed our meal.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

I chose this restaurant to host my first planned business lunch meeting and it was perfect! Everyone enjoyed the food and delicious wine! The ambiance was perfect for a business lunch and it was quiet enough for us all to discuss topics with each other. Staff was amazing and accommodating. I would definitely recommend to all!

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3.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Food was pretty tasty but took exceedingly long to come out of the kitchen (even the wait staff acknowledged that and apologized). Both of us got a pasta dish and they were decent but not spectacular. Overall, a little bit pricey for what we got and how long it took us to get it.

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1.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Came here to celebrate a special occasion with my wife. Waiter put in the wrong order for duck breast so I got my dish while my wife waited an extra 20 minutes for hers. I felt really bad eating without her but she didn't want my pasta to get cold. In essence we each ate alone while watching the other eat. Decent food but terrible experience. I really wanted to like this restaurant on Castro.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

All our selections were very well prepared and delicious. The spinach, strawberry & mango salad was fresh and tasty. Fruit was perfect degree of ripeness. Vinaigrette carefully balanced. The Fried Calamari Starter was lightly but fully dipped in a tasty batter and fried to where they weren't greasy and they stayed hot a good length of time. It is served with both tartar sauce and a spicy chili type sauce. Next time we'll remember to ask for two sides of tartar and skip the heat. Our entrees were both very pleasing: Linguini with prawns: 4 or 5 hearty sized prawns very well prepared, which means they managed to keep the prawns very lightly cooked so they remained succulent.; Breast of duck: a generous serving with a very tasty cranberry+ other fruit sauce, not too fruity nor too saucy. The duck itself extremely tender and tasty, cooked on the rare side but definitely safely cooked. Five plump little medallions of the duck, served over wild rice. We will definitely return to this active restaurant, but first we'll find out the better times to come to hopefully avoid tables of 6 and 10 business women and men, which kept the noise level more "energetic" than we care for. Prefer not to have to shout across a small table in order to talk to our dinner partner! Service prompt, alert but non-intrusive.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Absolutely delicious! Can't wait to go back again!

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Four of us had tickets to Theatre Works and had a difficult time deciding among the many different entrees. Wine choices were great. We certainly will be back to try something new.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We’ve only visited a few times but each time the food, drinks and service were great. The staff are considerate and attentive but also genuine. Quaint and comfortable atmosphere, we’ll be going back soon.

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Good food. I had the pistachio coated halibut which was quite good. My wife has a pasta but was disappointed in that she thought it had way too much sauce. Service and ambience were fine.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The special lamb shank is fall out of the bone, cooked to perfection.

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2018

The food was a bit pricey given it's quality. Small restaurant with a bar. A bit noisy. My friends and I had to lean in to be heard in our own discussion.

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4.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Had a good meal for our Anniversary. Staff seemed shorthanded on a Monday as there was a big party. got a little loud but not too bad. Food was excellent and service attentive despite the bigger party.The beef ribs were particularly good as was the puff pastry covered in chocolate for dessert.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Ate here prior to a theatre date - service was fairly quickly & the FOOD WAS EXCELLENT! I love staff - very giving and sociable .

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Always a pleasure to eat here. Crusted Goat appetizer is always good. Lots of variety on the menu to choose from.

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2018

We've been to La Fontaine many times, and were very happy to be recognized by staff, especially since we haven't been there in some months. We were less happy with the quality of our meals this time; we brought 4 friends with us, and no-one was particularly impressed with their food. We've super loved it in the past. Half the table ordered the Salmon Wellington, and somehow it didn't please so well. One person ordered chicken paillared, which was dry.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The beef wellington was delicious, as was the clam chowder. The portions are a bit small and the prices are a bit high, but it was definitely worth it for the meal that I had.

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